Families and staff are invited to participate in an afternoon of learning, compliments of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. On Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. the museum will host a free screening of the film “Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight For Justice.”
The screening is in observance of the Day of Remembrance, which marks President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 and subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.
The documentary film features Japanese American lawyer Minoru Yasui, who challenged the legality of the Executive Order, and is an in-depth study of civil rights and the Constitution. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the producer and co-director, Holly Yasui, Minoru Yasui’s daughter, along with Zainab Chaudary of ReThink Media and Director Doron Ezickson of the DC Regional Anti-Defamation League. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Phil Tajitsu Nash of the University of Maryland College Park.
The film is being presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.” After the screening and discussion, attendees can explore objects out of storage, engage in hands-on learning opportunities developed by the museum and visit the exhibition on the museum’s second floor.
The screening will be held in the S.C. Johnson Conference Center, 1 West in the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. Admission is free. Requests for accessibility services can be made by phone at 202-633-3150, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Two-weeks’ prior notice is preferred.